Im getting an ATTENTION ! SPYWARE ALERT I

March 21, 2011 at 17:44:23
Specs: Windows XP
HELP! I've noticed that my free subscription to AVG has expired. Shortly afterwards, ive been getting a lot of virus warnings. My computer is now "locked up" and cant be used. When i go to connect online, i am directed to purchase Antivirus software. It is a Windows Security Alert! It then tells me that file bcont_rm.exe is damaged.??
I can no longer open up and run normal programs installed anymore iether! How can I debug this, and NOT cave in and be victim to a scam, that requires me to puchase this garbage that broke my system!!!!!

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#1
March 21, 2011 at 18:31:40
Try using standalone Antivirus CD based on Linux.
Boot computer with this CD, press enter at the very first screen to start the boot process.
When started up, configure what to do on found viruses, click the update button, to update the antivirus libraries and start the scan process.
Avira AntiVir Rescue System (iso)
http://www.avira.com/en/support-dow...

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#2
March 21, 2011 at 19:37:01
Not a scam, anti-viruses are just that useless.

Why Anti-Virus Software Don’t Work
http://patcoola.coolastudios.com/?p...

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#3
March 21, 2011 at 20:07:29
@patcoola

the internet never forgets. Therefore pretty old viruses, that are known for a long time, are further spread on the internet and can infect ones system

If you are using an standalone antivirus such as a linux boot cd with antivirus software on it, you can update the libraries and remove the viruses, known by this antivirus program, because there is no running virus, that might be able to disable the antivirus program.

So your post is tataly wrong.
Every system should have antivirus software installed as well as a personal firewall, so that the known viruses can not infect additional computers.

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#4
March 21, 2011 at 20:23:25
@paulsep

Your talking to someone that makes those Linux boot cds.
And obviously you did not understand the difference between a anti-virus on a host and a guest system like Linux.

FYI I haven't used a anti-virus on any of my computers or use windows updates in over 6 years. I have never had a virus or anything of the sort since I stopped used anti-viruses.

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#5
March 21, 2011 at 20:39:17
@patcoola

"FYI I haven't used a anti-virus on any of my computers or use windows updates in over 6 years. I have never had a virus or anything of the sort since I stopped used anti-viruses."

And because of this you are sure, no one needs antivirus or firewall installed?

We are talking about users !!!
They don't create their own Linux Boot CDs nor are they all specialist.

I also create Linux Boot CDs. That leads me not to think, the whole internet users have the knowledge to avoid infection or hijacking of their computer.

If simple clicks on a specially prepared web site can infect a computer system, what do you think does an ordinary user know about such things?

Btw: What makes you think, that linux is a guest system?

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